Joseph Mallord William Turner

Inscription by Turner: Accounts


In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Graphite on paper
Support: 112 × 69 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CXXII 14 a

Catalogue entry

With the page turned vertically, the following sum of pounds, shillings and pence runs from the top:
            3393 9 3 
            4406 8 10
There is some ink offsetting from a sum on folio 15 recto opposite (D08307, datable to c.1813–14), to which the figures here relate, although it is unclear whether ‘3393’ here should read ‘3353’, the seemingly correct figure with the same shillings and pence following it which is given as a total in a sum on the recto (D08305). ‘3393’ is also the figure given on D08307.
The figure for Navy stocks, £4406 eight shillings and ten pence, appears again on folios 12 verso, 13 recto and verso and 14 recto (D08302–D08305) and in the Hastings sketchbook (Tate D07670; Turner Bequest CXI 49). ‘1600’ also occurs on folios 8 verso and 13 verso (D08296, D08304). For more on Turner’s finances as set out in the extensive notes in this sketchbook, see the Introduction.

Matthew Imms
September 2013

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